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    Not only... but also

    please tell me which option should be used in the following cases? and Have you got any rules for this?

    1. Not only Mary but also I ( am/ is /are) students

    2. Not only her parents but also her grandma (like/ likes) the film

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Not only... but also

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    please tell me which option should be used in the following cases? and Have you got any rules for this?

    1. Not only Mary but also I ( am/ is /are) students

    2. Not only her parents but also her grandma (like/ likes) the film

    Thanks a lot.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Good morning.

    (1) According to the books, the "rule" is to make the last verb agree with the last item.

    (2) Here are two examples from a very reliable book: Not only the chairs but also the TABLE WAS sold./ Not only the table but also the CHAIRS WERE sold.

    (3) Perhaps your first sentence should be something like: Not only Mary but also I AM A STUDENT/ Not only Mary but I am a student/ Not only Mary but I also am a student. In conversation, perhaps: Mary and I are students/ Both Mary and I are students/ Mary is a student, and I am, too.

    (4) Perhaps your second sentence should be: Not only her parents but also her GRANDMA LIKES the film.

    (5) Please remember that native speakers don't always follow the rule.

    Thank you.

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